Former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi said he thinks special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE is “ready to indict some folks” with findings from his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking to Brian Williams on MSNBC’s “11th Hour” Thursday night, Figliuzzi, who worked with Mueller at the FBI, laid out Mueller’s possible plan.
“I’m not saying he’s indicting the president. I’m saying there’s a middle ground where he tells us the story, locks it into the court system by indicting others, then files a report with [acting Attorney General Matthew] Whitaker,” he said.
The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI said Mueller could use indictments to depict President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE's possible wrongdoing.
“Perhaps what we’ll see is Bob Mueller telling us the story of a corrupt president through indictments,” Figliuzzi said.
Figliuzzi predicted that Mueller’s days could be numbered since Trump fired Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE and appointing acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
“I think the Whitaker appointment steps up the timeline, and I think perhaps if Mueller sticks to the strategy of telling us the story through indictments — the indictments speak to us — that he’ll speak to us soon, very soon, with additional indictments, perhaps that tell the story of a corrupt president,” he said.
The Justice Department said Whitaker will have oversight of Mueller’s investigation.
Whitaker has previously expressed that he felt Mueller’s investigation is going “too far” in an op-ed he penned for CNN.
“Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing," Whitaker wrote, calling for Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE to "limit the scope" of the investigation.
On Friday, President Trump said he has not spoken to Whitaker about the Russia investigation.